Thomas Macdonald-Paterson

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Thomas Macdonald-Paterson
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brisbane
In office
30 March 1901 – 16 December 1903
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byMillice Culpin
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Rockhampton
In office
15 November 1878 – 17 August 1883
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byWilliam Higson
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Moreton
In office
21 November 1883 – 21 April 1885
Preceded byJames Garrick
Succeeded byHiram Wakefield
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Brisbane North
In office
21 March 1896 – 31 July 1901
Preceded byThomas McIlwraith
Succeeded byJohn Cameron
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
22 April 1885 – 11 March 1896
Personal details
Born(1844-05-09)9 May 1844
Glasgow, Scotland
Died21 March 1906(1906-03-21) (aged 61)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeToowong Cemetery
NationalityScottish Australian
Political partyProtectionist (1901–03)
Independent (1903)
Other political
Spouse(s)Maria Clarissa Pitts

Thomas Macdonald-Paterson (9 May 1844 – 21 March 1906) was an Australian politician, a member of the Parliament of Queensland, and later, the Parliament of Australia.

Early life[edit]

Macdonald-Paterson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, he was educated there privately before migrating to Australia in 1861,[1] where he became a butcher, speculator and lawyer.


In 1878 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the member for Rockhampton; he transferred to Moreton in 1883 and to the Legislative Council in 1885, remaining there until 1887. He was a delegate to the Federation Convention of 1891, and returned to the Legislative Assembly in 1896 as the member for North Brisbane.

In 1901 he transferred to federal politics, winning the Australian House of Representatives seat of Brisbane. Although there was no protectionist organisation in Queensland, he joined the Protectionist Party when the parliament sat. In 1903, the National Liberal Union (a protectionist organisation) endorsed another candidate in Brisbane, and the division of the protectionist vote allowed a Labor candidate to defeat Macdonald-Paterson.

Later life[edit]

He died in 1906 and was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[2] .[3]


  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Macdonald-Paterson, Hon. Thomas". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  2. ^ Paterson Thomas Macdonald — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Brisbane
1901 – 1903
Succeeded by
Millice Culpin
Parliament of Queensland
New seat Member for Rockhampton
1878 – 1883
Served alongside: William Rea, John Ferguson
Succeeded by
William Higson
Preceded by
James Garrick
Member for Moreton
1883 – 1885
Succeeded by
Hiram Wakefield
Preceded by
Thomas McIlwraith
Member for Brisbane North
1896 – 1901
Served alongside: Robert Fraser, Edward Forrest
Succeeded by
John Cameron